God’s love is available to you no matter where you are. Scripture is filled with this promise, “The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” (Psalm 34:18). Invite the Holy Spirit to live inside your heart and to bless you with peace. Draw close to God in prayer and meditation. “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:7). You do not need to hide anything from God. He is all knowing and loving. His grace is real and you will receive it simply by asking. Your God is near to you.
Painting done by a woman inmate
Beginning today–let go of struggle and welcome the joy of a new year. Your conditions do not have to be perfect. Create in your daily routine a space for positive thinking and healing. Do this for twenty minutes a day and the universe will reward you. Find your inspiration through conversations with positive people, through literature, and Scripture. Find the strength through prayer and steadfast reflection. Isaiah 40:31 promises, “but those who hope in the Lord
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”
Peace to your hearts, Sarah
Your worth is not found in your bank account, relationship status, or your outward beauty. Your worth can be found in God’s love for you. Today, I ask that you can begin to love yourself in a divine way. God knows our brokenness. Scripture tells us, “He heals the wounds of every shattered heart.” (Psalm 147:3); “
After your season of suffering, God in all his grace will RESTORE, CONFIRM, STRENGTHEN and ESTABLISH you. (1Peter 5:10) It is with this confidence that we can begin to heal. It is with this truth we can learn to love ourselves just as we are today. Peace to your hearts, Sarah
(painting created by inmate)
Butterflies remind me that it is never too late to transform ourselves. Transformation can be uncomfortable. It is okay to be uncomfortable. We are one decision away from a different life. At times we may feel like we are falling apart. We are not falling apart- we are in the process of change. We often find ourselves in a space of who we once were and who we will become. It is necessary to shed old ways and beliefs that no longer serve us. Within us is the power to rise above struggle. Sometimes God will give us this space of transition to develop a spirit of transformation. Scripture is filled with promises of transformation, “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.” (Ezekiel 36:26) Our time as a caterpillar is over, our wings are ready to open. Peace, Sarah